913 Dundas West, 416-553-6632 Rating: NNNNN
Man, guys have it tough in the clothing department. Between dressing like your dad on casual Fridays and kicking it street-style in logo-ridden athletic wear, retailwise, there's a lot missing in between. So for all those wannabe sharp-dressed men (and the good folks who love 'em) looking for clothes above and beyond the norm, this one's for you. Owned by artist/musician Julian Finkel , Model Citizen - which deals primarily in menswear, with a small selection of corresponding women's silkscreens - is a corner boutique in the heart of the blossoming Dundas West strip. With its signature line-drawn silkscreened menswear, killer reworked vintage pieces from the likes of Toronto designers b-love , Ilja Lukac and AKA , and even custom-tailor-made blue jeans, Model Citizen is the ultimate resource for upping your wardrobe's cool quotient.
Model Citizen's picks : Hand-printed ties, $50; silk-screened T-shirts, $45; hand-printed jacket, $125, and waistcoats, $89.
Look for : Wrestling hoodies by AKA; acrylic wall-mounted animal heads by Science and Sons ; the launch of an e-commerce website; the trompe l'oeil shirt and tie set; and a silkscreening workshop (Silkscreen 101) on August 14 from noon to 6 pm ($145, includes materials).
Store hours : Monday by appointment, Tuesday to Saturday noon to 7 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm.